Pokémon Go developer Niantic has announced this summer will be full of in-person community events across the globe, including another crack at the Chicago-based Go Fest.
According to the developer’s latest blog post, Pokémon Go Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will be a daylong event that will take place in Chicago’s Lincoln Park on July 14th. Players able to attend will experience a “1.8-mile walking course that, among the tree-lined greenery, will include exclusive activities for trainers of all ages.” Starting on May 11th, single-day passes will be available for $20 on the event’s website.
Last year’s debut Go Fest was marred by several issues, including extremely long lines and poor cell service that kept players from opening the game. Ultimately, a class-action lawsuit against Niantic forced it to offer refunds to all attendees for ticket costs and travel expenses. However, in a recent interview with IGN, Niantic CEO John Hanke said the team has learned from the problems that arose during the first Pokémon Go Fest, including the size of the venue. Instead of trying to fit thousands of trainers into Grant Park’s 0.5 square miles, Hanke believes the 2-mile-long course in Chicago’s Lincoln Park will provide enough space to keep the network from clogging up again.
As for the other summer events, the developer announced two Safari Zones will be held in Europe and Asia. European trainers will be able to travel to Dortmund, Germany’s Westfalenpark from June 30th to July 1st to encounter “many types of Pokémon.” Then, later in the summer, players across Asia will be able to head to Yokosuka, Japan for a celebration that will likely feature increased Pokémon spawns and more.
Players that are unable to travel will also have global events to enjoy. On Saturday, May 19th, players can head to their local parks to find increased spawns of the Fire-type Pokémon Charmander. If the event works like the previous Community Days, trainers will also likely encounter shiny versions of the Pokémon. Niantic also teased the Community Days for June and July will take place on June 16th and July 8th, but the starring Pokémon will be revealed at a later date.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live